May 16, 2017 09:49
It was February when the problems started. Just north of Sacramento, nestled among outdoor recreation areas, the Oroville Dam started falling apart. The world’s tallest dam’s main spillway partially collapsed; dam managers started using an emergency spillway that sent water down a bare hillside, which quickly eroded....
May 15, 2017 09:49
Cape Coral will use the funds to upgrade about 300 catch basins and install enhanced swales. The new catch basins will enhance water quality by enabling more stormwater runoff to filter into the ground, rather than flowing directly through storm drains....
March 15, 2017 03:22
A recent visit from the American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) left the state of Georgia with a ‘D+’ in stormwater management. The grade comes from a culmination of several categories, such as condition, operation, maintenance, funding, future needs and safety....
March 15, 2017 03:22
The DCNR also awarded 12 other grants, to be used to plant trees along streams throughout Pennsylvania. The DCNR Secretary, Cindy Adam Dunn, said, “Today’s announcement will not only leverage about $1.4 million in additional funding, but it will move Pennsylvania to its goal of planting 95,000 acres of stream-side buffers by 2025....
March 15, 2017 03:22
The more extreme the forces pushing or pulling against soil, whether it’s gravity, wind or water, the harder the armoring needs to be. When severe scour from fast-moving water flows are eating away at the sides of a channel, or a very steep slope is in danger of sliding, it’s time to turn to the hard stuff....
Feb. 2, 2017 10:00
Researchers at the Rensseleaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, New York, aren’t separating their work from play. In a recent series of experiments, they used the Kinect, a motion sensor for the Xbox gaming system, instead of costly sensors on its geotechnical centrifuge....
Feb. 1, 2017 12:00
A $95,000 grant from the Boeing Global Corporate Citizenship Program has been given to the Washington Stormwater Center to better educate businesses as to why stormwater regulations are important. The Puget Sound-based organization wants to make stormwater issues a reality for people who don’t see the direct results of pollution....
Nov. 22, 2016 04:15
California’s State Water Resources Control Board will provide $9.5 million in grants to be given to 28 different stormwater-capture projects in California. The aim of these grants is to continue battling California’s five-year drought with stormwater and groundwater....
July 15, 2016 12:09
Any contractor who works in erosion control can tell you that trying to control a river is no piece of cake. In point of fact, it is literally a herculean task to control a stream. One of Hercules’ 12 labors involved diverting two rivers to clean 30 years of filth from the stables of King Augeas....
July 15, 2016 12:09
A Nebraska construction firm, Majestic C Team LLC, has agreed to pay a $10,750 penalty for allowing muddy site runoff to flow into a tributary of the Big Papio Creek. The agreement came as part of a settlement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency....

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